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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,203 contributions
Oct 2020
The paddle boats are locked up and there aren't as many visitors as usual but it is still a great place to take the family for some exercise. Plenty of ducks and there are fish in the lake. Parking all day is only $6 and there are building works going on but judging by the numbers of families the crowds will be back in no time.
Written October 20, 2020
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,203 contributions
Jun 2021
Just a nice park to visit and a walk around the lake is mandatory. There are ducks and water hens and areas for kids to play. Some of the banks on the lake have been fenced off where they have disappeared. There is a section of fence in the water at the bottom of the lake so hopefully that will be removed at some stage. Certainly not as crowded as it was pre pandemic but school holidays are coming. The parking ticket machines are operational again so don't forget your credit card because they do not take cash. Parking is a reasonable $2 for 2 hours or $6 all day - the ticket machines need clear instructions getting an all day ticket is not intuitive.
Written June 25, 2021
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Travel117275
3 contributions
Jan 2020
We had a wonderful journey on Puffing Billy,with our lunch stop at Lakeside, Emerald.A lovely little home made picnic was enjoyed in the grounds.
The lake and surrounds were beautiful.
But if you stop there expecting a decent coffee at the Lakeside kiosk and Tea rooms, lower your expectations to about 2/10. We arrived for an early afternoon tea of scones,jam and cream etc but they had already sold out.
We ordered two double shot coffees (latte) and they arrived- scorching hot and as weak as dishwater.I finally gathered the courage to take them back and mention my concern. The young girl behind the counter was a bit taken aback but suggested even another shot. I have NEVER had a 3 shot latte. And it was only just ok. I noticed that she only filled the coffee basket of the espresso machine about 1/3 full and not well tamped.
The inside of the kiosk was like a cheap take away.
Written January 8, 2020
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Gh0stguest
Lilydale, Australia218 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Emerald Lake is a real jewel, set in the middle of the Dandenong Ranges, on the outskirts of Olinda. Normally easily accessible on Puffing Billy, the Covid-19 situation has taken that option away at the moment. However it is easily accessible also by road. The lake and surrounds are an ideal place to take a walk through the magnificent forest, with towering gums and magic tree fern glades dotted everywhere
Written July 6, 2020
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Karen P
Canberra, Australia403 contributions
Apr 2022
A beautifully maintained area for people of all ages. There are the pedal-boats to hire, or throw a line in and try for a trout in the smaller lake. Extensive parkland lawns immaculately maintained provide plenty of places to throw down a picnic rug, play games or sit and read your book. A path circumnavigates the lake, with a bridge at one end. There are signs indicating that jumping/diving off the bridge is not allowed - didn't stop the local kids jumping in and having lots of fun. The Puffing Billy makes a stop at the Lakeside station, as an alternate way of accessing the park. Thoroughly recommend as a place to come with the whole family.
Written July 9, 2022
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David B
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Apr 2023
I love this park and the old Puffing Billy station but they have completely ruined it by building a new so called Visitors Centre that looks like it was designed by a 2 year old. This huge concrete and tin building together with its concrete walkways completely over shadows the lovely old station. It is horrible and completely destroys the old world charm of this place. Inside this new visitors centre is a cafe and gift shop. This is a complete abomination in this otherwise wonderful park. By the way don't forget your credit card if you want to park in the new car park because they do not recognise coins of the realm.
Written April 26, 2023
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,750 contributions
Apr 2022
My wife and I drove here for a visit during our recent holiday in Dandenong Ranges, where we stayed in a holiday cottage for two nights in Olinda.

This is a very nice and relatively large local park with a lake, playground, outdoor gym, murals and walking tracks. There is also a new Puffing Billy Lakeside Visitor Centre that has recently been completed but it was not open on the day of our visit, due to a power failure (no electricity). We will visit this new Centre on our next visit, perhaps next year.

We walked around the lake and up the hill to see the murals. Autumn is a nice time to visit.
Written April 29, 2022
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skiclubtraveller
Melbourne, Australia432 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited here with daughter and grand children. Good play grounds and Paddle bikes for the kids. Be surprised how much effort it takes to peddle the water bikes for 15 minutes with the Grand kids.
Written February 12, 2020
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asfernando
Melbourne, Australia90 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Hi! Really love this park and wanted to book a picnic shelter for Mother's Day but couldn't find any photos online or on the website! I walked around and took pics of all the areas so hopefully it helps other people with planning :) we booked Lakeside and it was perfect for 30 people - close to lakeside car park and the lake as well as private.
Written May 19, 2017
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Chris D
1 contribution
Oct 2014
So called owner of the paddleboat business pushed me and my partner out into the water and adviced us to drown whilst laughing, after we got of ourselves as he refused to help, he proceded to argue in front of frightned little children, beware if you are taking little ones
Written October 7, 2014
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